You may have heard of the “ACTS” method of praying. In this instance ACTS stands for:
- A = Adoration
- C = Confession
- T = Thanksgiving
- S = Supplication
Last Sunday I heard a sermon called “How to Pray” by Bayless Conley on television. In his sermon Bayless spoke about a method he uses called “Pray”. The initials stand for:
- P = Praise
- R = Repentance
- A = Ask
- Y =Yielding
Interestingly both methods mentioned above put praise to God ahead of asking for things when we pray. I suspect many of us if we are honest start with asking for things rather than praising God! The obvious advantage of starting with praise / adoration is that helps us to fix our eyes on God rather than focusing on ourselves.
If you are struggling with prayer I think using either of the above would be helpful to enhance your pray life.